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Food pun swag sale- save 20%

Food pun swag sale- save 20%

I am often asked about how I got started making food pun tees. I’m not an artist and can’t draw or paint to save my life. I’ve always had a silly sense of humor that I credit my dad for. As a kid, I loved puns and still do today. Being in a food field, I seek out food-related swag for myself and for gifts for my colleagues.

I was in Old Navy one summer day getting a few things for my daughters when I saw a tee shirt that said, “breakfast, lunch, dinner” with the images of a doughnut, slice of pizza and a taco. Granted- these are all tasty vittles, but would I wear that shirt? Nope. For starters, it wasn’t very creative. I think I’d seen that same design somewhere else. Secondly, did I want to wear something that suggested eating more, less nutritious food? I realize the tee was a joke, but I failed to see the humor.

I started thinking about what tees would I wear? What would I want my messages to be? I met with a graphic designer and friend who had his own line of tee shirts. I wanted to pick his brain about how to start a tee biz and also bounce food pun ideas off of him. My mission was to make healthy food fun again. I wanted to use simple designs and font but have the messages be a tiny bit more cerebral and tongue and cheek, so to speak!

My first idea was Peas romaine seeded, which I made up while sitting on an airplane. I kept hearing the flight attendants say, “Please remain seated” so many times, that it just clicked. https://soundbitesnutrition.com/product/peas-romaine-seeded-short-sleeve-t-shirt/ From there, I had a small run of 25 shirts printed for friends and family and had them test drive them. My printer is www.diyprintingshop.com/ in Walnut Hills. Aaron Kent has been great to work with and I highly recommend his print services!

Once Peas romaine was off the ground, the puns kept coming. This. Is. The. Wurst was made after the 2016 election results. It was my way of saying, “are you kidding me?” https://soundbitesnutrition.com/product/this-is-the-wurst-short-sleeve-t-shirt/ Praise cheeses was also part of the initial collection because, I love cheese! https://soundbitesnutrition.com/product/praise-cheeses-unisex-short-sleeve-t-shirt/

After a year of selling the tees in a few markets around the city (Clifton Market, EMC near Findlay Market (now closed), Jackson Whitacre (closed) and Kennedy Heights Arts gift shop, I decided they needed a purpose. I am passionate about food insecurity as well as nutrition education. Because nutrition impacts so many aspects of our livelihood and health, it’s important to have enough food and also to know how to prepare it.

The idea of Lettuce Beet Hunger hit me like a ton of bricks. https://soundbitesnutrition.com/product/lettuce-beet-hunger-short-sleeve-t-shirt-2/ I decided to partner with Cooking for the Family in OTR. A program that provides a 5-week cooking class for $10 for families.Part of my proceeds go towards sponsoring students. While they are unable to operate currently due to the pandemic, proceeds that I have donated are going towards providing food for those who cannot afford it. https://www.sfsministries.org/our-ministries/cooking-for-the-family/

I initially had the tees in gray to give them a retro, gym class feel. I’ve since expanded to a few colors, but have kept the font the same for branding and consistency purposes. I started adding the puns to onesies, which I think make a great gift for friends, family or co-workers with new babies.

If you’re on the hunt for a fun gift, check out my shop and save 20% until Friday when you use code summer20 at check out. If nothing else, I hope the puns put a smile on your face!

A few styles of my tees can be found (in shops only) at the Civic Garden Center gift shop https://www.civicgardencenter.org/, Morsel and Nosh in Northside http://morselandnosh.com/ or at Kennedy Heights Arts gift shop. https://kennedyarts.org/

Cookbook & Be Kaleful tee Giveaway!

Cookbook & Be Kaleful tee Giveaway!

I love collaborating with other RDs and am thrilled to offer a giveaway with a fabulous culinary RD from the East coast named Dana Angelo White. Dana recently released her latest cookbook, Healthy One Pan Dinners. Now’s your chance to snag this great cookbook AND one of my favorite tees- Be Kaleful.

Follow me and Dana on Instagram and comment on our post. US residents only. A winner will be picked at random this week!

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Say Kale yeah if you love kale, food puns, and delicious one pan meals. THIS GIVEAWAY is for you. I am so excited to team up with @dana_angelo_white to bring you this duo! Win a copy of Dana's Healthy One Pan Dinners – featuring more than 10 recipes with kale, plus a Sound Bites Nutrition purple Be Kaleful t-shirt. To Enter 1) Like this post 2) Follow @dana_angelo_white and @nutrigirl66 3) Drop a comment below with your favorite way to eat kale Winner will be chosen at random via PM on June 19. No purchase necessary, US entries only, prizes provided by #danawhitenutrition and #soundbitesnutrition #bekaleful #onepandinners #chewswisely #eathealthy #dietitiansofinstagram #cookbook #giveaway #foodpun #fun

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Grocery shopping in the age of COVID19

Grocery shopping in the age of COVID19

I admit it- I love grocery shopping. But with social distancing and my underlying autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis), I have been heeding the advice to stay home. The last thing I want is to get sick or bring a virus home.

I may be a geek, but as a nutrition professional, grocery shopping was a regularly enjoyed outing. I like perusing the aisles for new items, reading food labels, and thinking up meal ideas with what I’ve purchased. I am the neRD that picks up the strawberries and smells them. The cashiers recognize me and I miss seeing them. Shopping is just part of the dietitian DNA.

Do I want to face long lines outside the store with strangers and neighbors in masked faces? Not really. For me, it’s just not worth going physically to the store right now.

So- like others, I am new to online grocery shopping. I had only used Kroger’s click list once this past fall, so had to be reacquainted with the process to get food for my family. Several stores offer either click list or grocery delivery. I have used Kroger and Aldi for groceries. Here are a few subtle differences.

Click list-

  1. Easy to navigate and search for items.
  2. You are really lucky (like lottery winner lucky) if toilet paper is available. We snagged 2 (6 packs).
  3. Unclear how to use coupons
  4. Prices are as is in the store (from what I can tell)
  5. Can’t pick your own produce (obviously)
  6. Substitutions when needed are texted, but had trouble adjusting order on web site.
  7. Pick up days are getting farther apart- order farther in advance than usual.
  8. Greeter at pick up friendly, but did have to wait about 20 minutes for order
  9. Free pick up service with first 3 orders, $4.95 afterwards.
  10. Kroger offers delivery, but fee is higher.

Instacart: 

  1. Easy to navigate and search for items.
  2. Toilet paper ordered, but none available on delivery day. Not surprised!
  3. Have never used coupons for Aldi, so unclear if taken.
  4. Prices online are MORE than what you are charged. I was pleasantly surprised my bill was lower.
  5. Substitutes are provided the day of (not before like Kroger).
  6. Groceries are delivered. Fee is $3.99 for service and 5% tip for driver.
  7. Driver friendly and wore a mask. Kept social distance.

I think you’ll be happy with either method of shopping. If you need to get out of the house, click list will at least give you the “excitement” of driving to the store! But if you prefer to stay home in your jammies and have the food come to you, Instacart is a great alternative and cheaper. Sam’s, Cosco, CVS and Aldi utilize Instacart. Meijer, Target and Walmart use “shipt” for delivery, which is similar to Instacart.

I look forward to returning to the store when this pandemic is ‘done’. I do wonder what the new normal will look like. But for now, online shopping is saving us all in more ways than one.

The Healing Gout Cookbook

The Healing Gout Cookbook

Dear friends, family and followers-

This fall, I was commissioned to write my first cook book about gout. Having worked at the VA for several years, volunteering for the Arthritis Foundation and having chronic arthritis myself (rheumatoid), I felt comfortable sharing my knowledge and recipes on this painful disease.

I’m excited to announce that the book is now available on pre-order on Amazon, Target and Barnes & Noble! It will be released for print on 3-31-20. If you like simple, delicious, anti-inflammatory meals, please check it out or get one as a gift for anyone that’s dealing with gout or other inflammatory condition. I think you’ll enjoy what’s in store.

Instant pot red lentils and vegetables in curry simmer sauce

Instant pot red lentils and vegetables in curry simmer sauce

Red lentils and vegetables in curry simmer sauce

As I clean out the pantry as part of my "no buy" January, I've discovered that I have an affinity for jars of curry simmer sauce. My husband and I share the chore of grocery shopping, so my guess is that we both purchased a few and neglected to use it. I love the flavor and simplicity of jarred curry sauce. You can add just about any protein source or vegetables that you have on hand. Canned diced tomatoes, chick peas, kidney beans or frozen vegetables work well in this dish. You can make this dish vegetarian or add whatever meat you have on hand. I prefer chicken if I have it. Today I made a seriously tasty meal using Aldi brand Tikka Masala sauce, red lentils and a handful of dying vegetables. I had leftover rice and some wilting cilantro that needed to be used and voila- lunch! I made this in my Instant Pot, but it could be made on the stove, too, but might take longer. Below is the recipe:
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • cutting board, chefs knife

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp. corn or canola oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper any color, chopped
  • 2 peeled chopped carrots
  • 1 box frozen spinach or 3 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 16 oz. jar Indian simmer sauce (Tikka Masala, Jalfrezi or Butter sauce)
  • 2 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Set your Instant Pot to sautee mode and add the onions, peppers and carrots.
  • Sautee the vegetables for 5 minutes or until soft.
  • Add a box of frozen spinach, red lentils, Indian simmer sauce and 2 cups water. Stir ingredients together.
  • Close and lock Instant Pot and set to airtight position.
  • Change setting on Instant Pot to "high pressure" and set for 20 minutes.
  • Serve over rice or quinoa with chopped cilantro.

Notes

Makes 6-8 servings. 

As I clean out the pantry as part of my “no buy” January, I’ve discovered that I have an affinity for jars of curry simmer sauce. My husband and I share the chore of grocery shopping, so my guess is that we both purchased a few and neglected to use it.

I love the flavor and simplicity of jarred curry sauce. You can add just about any protein source or vegetables that you have on hand. Canned diced tomatoes, chick peas, kidney beans or frozen vegetables work well in this dish. You can make this dish vegetarian or add whatever meat you have on hand. I prefer chicken if I have it.

Today I made a seriously tasty meal using Aldi brand Tikka Masala sauce, red lentils and a handful of dying vegetables. I had leftover rice and some wilting cilantro that needed to be used and voila- lunch! I made this in my Instant Pot, but it could be made on the stove, too, but might take longer. Below is the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. corn or canola oil

1/2 onion, diced

1/2 bell pepper (any color), chopped

2 peeled, chopped carrots

1 box frozen spinach or 3 cups chopped fresh spinach

1 cup red lentils

1 (16 oz.) jar Indian simmer sauce (Tikka Masala, Jalfrezi or Butter sauce)

2 cups water

Directions:

  1. Set your Instant Pot to sautee mode and add the onions, peppers and carrots.
  2. Sautee the vegetables for 5 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add a box of frozen spinach, red lentils, Indian simmer sauce and 2 cups water. Stir ingredients together.
  4. Close and lock Instant Pot and set to airtight position.
  5. Change setting on Instant Pot to “high pressure” and set for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice or quinoa with chopped cilantro.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Red lentils and vegetables in curry simmer sauce

As I clean out the pantry as part of my "no buy" January, I've discovered that I have an affinity for jars of curry simmer sauce. My husband and I share the chore of grocery shopping, so my guess is that we both purchased a few and neglected to use it. I love the flavor and simplicity of jarred curry sauce. You can add just about any protein source or vegetables that you have on hand. Canned diced tomatoes, chick peas, kidney beans or frozen vegetables work well in this dish. You can make this dish vegetarian or add whatever meat you have on hand. I prefer chicken if I have it. Today I made a seriously tasty meal using Aldi brand Tikka Masala sauce, red lentils and a handful of dying vegetables. I had leftover rice and some wilting cilantro that needed to be used and voila- lunch! I made this in my Instant Pot, but it could be made on the stove, too, but might take longer. Below is the recipe:
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • cutting board, chefs knife

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp. corn or canola oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper any color, chopped
  • 2 peeled chopped carrots
  • 1 box frozen spinach or 3 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 16 oz. jar Indian simmer sauce (Tikka Masala, Jalfrezi or Butter sauce)
  • 2 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Set your Instant Pot to sautee mode and add the onions, peppers and carrots.
  • Sautee the vegetables for 5 minutes or until soft.
  • Add a box of frozen spinach, red lentils, Indian simmer sauce and 2 cups water. Stir ingredients together.
  • Close and lock Instant Pot and set to airtight position.
  • Change setting on Instant Pot to "high pressure" and set for 20 minutes.
  • Serve over rice or quinoa with chopped cilantro.

Notes

Makes 6-8 servings. 

@aldiusa, #aldi #curry #simmersauce #simplemeals #onepotmeal #instantpot #whatrdsdo #whatrdscook #whatrdseat

Food pun tee and swag sale! Use NY 20 & take 20% off til Jan 6th.

Food pun tee and swag sale! Use NY 20 & take 20% off til Jan 6th.

If you didn’t receive any fun tees for the holidays, now is the “thyme” to treat yoself! Sound Bites tees, totes and other swag start a conversation about food without being offensive. You won’t see “eat healthy sh*& on my tees or calm the F down. Just original, positive, creative, slightly cerebral stuff like Pearfecto! and Oh. My. Gouda. 

Wear and care when you purchase a Sound Bites item. 10% of sales go towards ending food insecurity and teaching people how to cook in Cincinnati. Last year, I donated $500 towards Cooking for the Family, Our Daily Bread, CAIN and the Free Store Food Bank. This is a passion project and labor of love for me. I always feel happy when I’m wearing a food pun tee.

Sale includes all designs online or any in inventory currently including Be Kaleful (women’s purple), Don’t despear, Praise Cheeses, This. Is. The. Wurst. and more!

Use NY20 at checkout til Jan 6th. Peas n tanks!

Lisa

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